In its modern form, Bosnia-Herzegovina was born out of the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. While they are still a long way from emulating the Plavi’s success at international level, they seem to be heading in the right direction. Bosnia-Herzegovina finished third in their qualifying group for Germany 2006, and went all the way to a play-off four years later, where they eventually fell to Portugal.
The current crop
The Dragons have blown hot and cold since that disappointing play-off defeat by Portugal. Their good work going forward is all too often undone by defensive lapses, and this lack of consistency has been particularly problematic so far in their qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2012. It has at least allowed head coach Safet Susic to clearly identify his team’s weaknesses and start working towards putting them right.